ATLANTA -- Police have confirmed that a man who fell from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees has died.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as 60-year-old Gregory Murrey of Alpharetta.
His family released this statement:
Gregory "Ace" Murrey was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many. He dearly loved his family, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves. Greg was a season ticket holder with the same seats for 23 years. The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things – watching the Braves. At this time, the family wishes for you to respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of such an extraordinarily wonderful man.
Fans watching from home first found out about the incident from the Fox Sports broadcaster who described, in shock, what had just happened in front of him.
"Someone just fell over the upper-deck right below us; oh my gosh," the announcer said. "As Alex Rodriguez was being introduced, a fan fell from the upper deck."
He said the incident happened in front of a radio booth at the ball field.
After learning of the death, the Atlanta Braves posted the following message to Twitter:
A witness told 11Alive that the fan fell from behind home plate and that the teams were unaware as play continued on the field. Others said that the man fell on his head. Later reports indicated that he was in section 401 when he fell.
A local surgeon who happened to be sitting close to where the man fell rushed to his side to begin CPR.
"We did CPR basically until the Grady [Memorial Medical Center] paramedics came, put him in a neck collar on a board and took him away," Joseph Ricotta said.
Ricotta said he performed CPR for about 10 minutes.
"It was pretty nerve-racking," he said. "People were pretty much in shock."
Another attendee provided this video which shows a crowd around the victim as he was carried out of the stadium.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the incident and told 11Alive that they are still unsure if the man fell, was pushed or jumped. They are still waiting for the medical examiners office to complete their end of the investigation.